Chris Sandford’s name has also become synonymous with the world of fishing and his collection of vintage tackle ranks amongst the finest in the UK. His ‘Vintage Fishing Tackle Roadshow’ is seen regularly at angling shows across the country, raising money for SPARKS (Sport Aiding Medical Research for Kids). His knowledge of the subject is reflected in his regular articles in The Angling Times and Fly Fishing & Fly Tying.
His first book, The Best of British Baits, traced the history of artificial lures from Izaac Walton’s silk minnow through to the 1930s. Medlar has since published a light collection of biographical stories, A Wellie Full of Water, a fly tying book, Flytyers' Flies - The Flies that Catch Fish and a DVD and booklet - Mayflies and More - that explain and demonstrate the tying of his ten favourite flies.